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Mike Ribeiro Hit On Michal Handzus

Was it an elbow, shoulder to the head?

No penalty on the play.

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  Tags: michal+handzus, mike+ribeiro

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Clearly targets the head with shoulder and elbow. Handzus may have had his head down, but Robeiro follows through intentionally high with elbow.  Should get 2 games.

Posted by timbits on 04/03/11 at 01:38 PM ET

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Agreed with Timbits.  Ribiero definitely targets the head.

Not surprising from a player coached by Marc Crawford.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/03/11 at 01:48 PM ET

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LOL @ how and how quick Handzus gets up, when he realizes there’s a scrum…

Posted by Teddybear from Sweden on 04/03/11 at 01:53 PM ET

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Just because the guy is a bit of a diver doesn’t mean it wasn’t a dirty hit.

This incident also shows how helpless NHL officials are and will remain regarding the enforcement of these kinds of shots.  Center of the ice in the middle of three officials and either none of them saw it or none of them ‘saw’ it.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 04/03/11 at 02:15 PM ET

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I don’t think every hit like this -must- end in suspension, but that this isn’t even a penalty is a joke.

Posted by steviesteve on 04/03/11 at 02:34 PM ET

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Handzus’ head only really makes contact with Ribiero’s upper chest.  It just looked bad when Ribiero followed through and threw him down.  The ref probably should have given him a two minute roughing penalty, but anything else would have been inappropriate. 

To me the NHL needs to take the same approach to this kind of hit that it does with high sticking.  It doesn’t matter if it is an accident, its a two minute penalty automatically.  If additional punishment is needed, the league can make that call.  When the refs aren’t left to guess because of a grey area in the rules, this problem will improve.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/03/11 at 03:06 PM ET

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To me the NHL needs to take the same approach to this kind of hit that it does with high sticking.  It doesn’t matter if it is an accident, its a two minute penalty automatically.  If additional punishment is needed, the league can make that call.  When the refs aren’t left to guess because of a grey area in the rules, this problem will improve.

Posted by bezukov from Wings Fan in exile: Columbus, OH on 04/03/11 at 01:06 PM ET

Well put. If you are responsible for your stick at all times, even on an accidental hit, you are responsible for your elbows and other parts as well.

Posted by mc keeper on 04/03/11 at 05:00 PM ET

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The NHL should make Rebeiro watch the Doughty hit on Sedin to learn what he’s supposed to do in this situation.

Posted by steviesteve on 04/03/11 at 06:31 PM ET

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Dirty hit. He knew exactly what he was doing.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/03/11 at 09:34 PM ET

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Handzus was vulnerable and Ribeiro didn’t let up. Should have been a penalty at the very least, that was a dangerous looking play.

Posted by Iggy Rules on 04/04/11 at 04:31 AM ET

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Handzus was vulnerable and Ribeiro didn’t let up

Exactly. Wolfman could have very easily back off a tad and not made a clear attempt to hit the Mullet in the noggin.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/04/11 at 11:15 AM ET

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Well put. If you are responsible for your stick at all times, even on an accidental hit, you are responsible for your elbows and other parts as well.

The problem with that idea is that the stick is an extension of the player and when you’re reckless with it you’ve got five feet of lumber swinging around.  Also, a high stick is an objective thing.  If it goes above your shoulders, it’s a high stick.  Cut and dry.

With headshots though, there are absolutely times when the victim will inadvertantly put himself in position to get hit like that at the last second, when there is no time for the hitter to let up.  A shoulder-to-shoulder hit can instantly become a headshot because the victim loses control of the puck and reaches for it.  Is it fair to say that the hitter is responsible when there’s literally nothing he could have done differently on his end, other than not attempting to make a hit in the first place?

I honestly don’t see a direct correlation with the high sticking rule because, while you can say that a hitter should be responsible for where his elbows/shoulders are, shouldn’t players also bear some responsibility for not putting themselves in vulnerable positions?

Posted by Garth on 04/04/11 at 11:36 AM ET

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Garth, the same logic could be applied to high sticking.  players can put themselves in a position where their head is lower and therefore they are hit in the face with the stick…but it’s still a penalty.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/04/11 at 06:15 PM ET

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players can put themselves in a position where their head is lower and therefore they are hit in the face with the stick…but it’s still a penalty.

I would prefer it not be in the case of a headshot versus the case of a high-stick.

I really don’t want players skating up the middle of the ice with their heads down just because it makes them harder to cleanly separate from the puck.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/04/11 at 06:20 PM ET

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I really don’t want players skating up the middle of the ice with their heads down just because it makes them harder to cleanly separate from the puck.

I agree.

a while back I posited an idea…penalize players who put themselves in bad positions.  turn your back at the last second and get yourself boarded?  YOU get the penalty.  skate up the middle of the ice with your head down and get knocked out?  YOU get the penalty.

it sounds absurd, but I think it would actually be effective if done and managed properly.  I’m not saying don’t penalize the opponent in situations where the guy he hits did not put himself in a vulnerable position…but place real responsibility on both sides of the play.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/04/11 at 10:47 PM ET

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